DC: The Big Book of Girl Power and The Big Book of Superpowers

DC: The Big Book of Girl Power

Want to indoctrinate your favorite child into superheroes? Get them one or both of these large children’s picture books aimed at ages 3 and up.

For a focus on powerful women, you want The Big Book of Girl Power, emphasizing how “DC’s super heroines… have the courage to fight for peace and justice.”

DC: The Big Book of Girl Power

Each character (with three exceptions) gets a two-page spread with an image (many drawn by Scott Kolins) and a brief explanation of her origin and abilities. The exceptions are Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, who each get four pages. The other characters are Hawkgirl, Bumblebee, Catwoman (who “may not be a super hero” but “mak[es] sure her neighbors are safe”), Raven, Mera, Starfire, Katana, Black Canary, and Batgirl.

This is like “my first Who’s Who” with reuse of clip art, but I’m glad to see there are enough female characters that kids possibly will have heard of to fill out this book.

For the other superheroes, there’s the more generally titled The Big Book of Superpowers. It does the same thing with Superman (whose pages also mention Supergirl, Krypto, and Streaky), Batman (with Robin and Batgirl), Green Lantern, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, and the Atom. Basically, the Justice League.

No art credits are given, but this looks like classic clip art. Comic readers will recognize the classic poses.

DC: The Big Book of Superpowers

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